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Mom fights against drunk driving after losing son

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Posted: Nov 16, 2011 5:22 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Nov 16, 2011 6:03 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: drunk driving, madd, Louisiana, mother

DENHAM SPRINGS- Mothers Against Drunk Driving says alcohol-related deaths are down 25% percent in Louisiana.

News2 spoke to a mom who's on a crusade to bring that number even lower after losing her son.

Lisa Allen says it's surreal to see her son and daughter in-law on a billboard. But what's more unbelievable is why it's there. She says, "It was a horrific thing that happened."

On August 12, 2009, Brandon and Joanna Wright died after a drunk driver hit their motorcycle on Highway 1019.

Allen adds, "He killed them instantly. And it was definitely violent."

Jeremy Powell was later convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide in connection to their deaths.

According to MADD. Drinking related deaths are down 23% in Louisiana since the group started in 2007.

"I think 23% is a low number. But I want to work with MADD to get it down even more," said Allen.

Since losing her son, Allen has taken her message to the State House of Representatives. She's credited with getting House Bill 638 on Governor Bobby Jindal's desk.

The law gives judges the authority to inflict stiffer penalties on drunk drivers.

The bill went into effect in August 2011 and says people arrested for vehicular homicide could have their licenses suspended.

Allen says, "It sad to see this billboard but I promise you if it helps save one life, I know my son is smiling down in heaven."


Allen is raising her son's 7 year old child.

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